The Leading Hotels of the World, has announced the addition of eight distinctive properties from across the globe. Remarkably uncommon experiences not to miss at these properties include private yacht tours to curated wine tastings in Italy, full detox weekends in Greece and invigorating convertible drives along the Pacific Coast Highway in the United States.
Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto
PUNTA ALA, ITALY
In this elegant hotel, Italian hospitality is at the forefront of the guest experience with 37 airy, intimate rooms and suites that are decorated in a traditional Tuscan style, featuring private balconies set amid pine trees and Tuscan terracotta. From the many terraces of the hotel, guests can take in the Maremma landscape and the beautiful bay of Punta Ala.
Hotel Belvedere, a collection of seven authentic white buildings overlooking the town and Aegean Sea, is designed to blur the boundaries of indoor and outdoor spaces. The hotel’s 43 rooms and suites combine inspiration from the sea and the gleaming white of traditional Mykonian architecture, and feature scenic terraces for sunbathing, dining and enjoying the views. The hotel boasts two restaurants, two cocktail bars, a Six Senses spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a convenient location, just a five-minute walk from the lively town centre.
Gran Hotel Miramar
Showcasing architect F. Guerrero Strachan’s work, the the Gran Hotel Miramar took five years to complete, finally being opened in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII as Hotel Principe de Asturias. This historic building, with 200 rooms and suites, has welcomed illustrious guests from European nobility, noteworthy members of the world of the arts and Spanish high society. Surrounded by 9000 square metres of lawns and gardens, the hotel features outdoor pools, extensive meeting facilities and a stunning spa, five gastronomic restaurants offers and marvellous views over the Bay of Malaga.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
A rare oasis on Copacabana Beach, Hotel Emiliano brings guests to the heart of Rio de Janeiro. The 90 rooms and suites deliver stunning views of the sea, and boast contemporary décor, warm wood flooring and touches of marble and gold. The Emiliano Restaurant offers contemporary cuisine, enlivened by locally sourced, organic ingredients, while the rooftop restaurant delivers guests a casual setting with light dishes. In addition to the extensive spa and gym, guests can enjoy soaking up the sun on the roof deck by the infinity pool, with a panorama spanning from Leme to Copacabana Fort.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is a hub for creative travellers, including some of today’s most prominent touring artisans. The blend of modern comfort and convenience create a seamless harmony in all of the hotel’s 268 rooms and suites. Complementing Hotel Figueroa’s Spanish roots, the main restaurant’s menu celebrates Basque cuisine with French and Spanish flavors.
Malibu Beach Inn
Each of the Malibu Beach Inn’s 47 rooms and suites showcase the proximity of the waves through full glass doors which lead to private balconies. Located near the Malibu Pier and only 16 kilometres from Santa Monica, the property offers a discreet seaside setting while providing guests ease of travel to nearby attractions. Guests can lounge on the privately-owned shore, enjoy locally sourced ingredients at the Carbon Beach club or check out the oceanfront spa.
The Ashbee sits in a 20th-century Sicilian villa surrounded by landscaped gardens and classic Sicilian lemon, tangerine and grapefruit trees. Each of the 25 rooms and suites are designed with bold colours and are dressed with fine fabrics and antique furnishings. The hotel offers guests easy access to the chic boutiques, top restaurants, theatres and the centre of arts and heritage in Taormina, and is home to some of the finest views of the Sicilian coast, Ionian Sea and Calabria.
For a journey back in time to 19th-century opulence, Villa Cora is set inside a centuries-old park overlooking the Boboli gardens in a converted noble estate. Its 46 rooms and suites and common areas offer travellers the opportunity to vacation as a Florentine aristocrat. Created in harmony with the seasons, memorable gourmet meals are served in the Moorish room or at Le Bistrot. The Bellevue roof terrace is the perfect spot for enjoying impressive views and sunsets, while the heated pool and Benè Spa offer relaxation year-round.